Bump Ahead! Know your bump better

As you progress through your pregnancy, the shape of your bump also changes. If you paid attention, you would notice that not all bumps are alike. So, what makes these bumps different?

Mother’s built

If you have a small frame, then your bump grows outward in comparison to someone who is taller/ larger in  frame, in which case the baby grows upward. Pregnancy is noticed sooner in women who are petite.

Subsequent pregnancy

If this is your second or third pregnancy, then the bump is more readily visible and at a much earlier date than the first one. This is because your abdominal muscles lose their tonicity after being stretched in the first pregnancy.

Baby’s size

If your baby is growing fast, then your bump is even rounder and protruded.

Baby’s position

The way the little one rests in his/her mother’s womb affects the size and shape of the mommy’s belly. There are generally two types of positions in which the baby rests. They are

 Anterior position

The little one’s back (also known as the dorsum or dorsal surface) in this case faces the mother’s belly, while the front of the baby (also known as the ventral surface) faces the back. In this position, you will see a round belly which resembles a soccer ball. This position is the most ideal for ease of delivery.

Posterior position

If your little one is in the posterior position (baby’s back/dorsal surface is against your back while its front/ventral surface is facing your belly), a small dip is noticed near the belly. The belly is not as round as in the previous case and exercises can be done to help bring the baby to the “anterior position” as per the doctor’s suggestions.

The amniotic fluid

The amount of fluid within the amniotic sac also determines the size and shape of the bump. The more the fluid within the sac, the more is the size of the bump (also the protection to the baby) and vice versa.

Each bump is different, so worry not! Enjoy feeling your bump in the coming months and make most of your pregnancy.







Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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